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  • "The Proxy Intelligence" (1968) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    The Proxy Intelligence, first published in the October 1968 issue of the WORLDS OF IF SCIENCE FICTION magazine, is the sequel to the excellent golden-age story Asylum, which was first published in 1942 and which can be seen elsewhere on this site.
    In Asylum we followed the adventures of an (...)

  • "The House That Stood Still" (1950) by A.E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    We are in California in a coastal town in the late forties, and a hard-working young lawyer (and ex-Marine) hears screams somewhere in the building as he is leaving his office around midnight. Rushing upstairs to deal vigorously with the problem, he gets rapidly involved with a group of (...)

  • "The Players of Null-A" (1948-49) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    This major 76,000-word work, first published in the October-November-December 1948 and January 1949 issues of Astounding Science Fiction as The Players of Ā, is the direct sequel to his renowned 1945 opus The World of Null-A.
    It has all the key players of the first episode – the Null-A (...)

  • The Silkie Stories (1964-1967) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    After more than a decade of absence from the science-fiction field in the fifties and early sixties, A. E. van Vogt started writing science fiction again in the sixties, after the not particularly successful publication of a mainstream political novel, The Violent Man, in (...)

  • "Rogue Ship" (1950) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    This rousing space-opera extravaganza starts off with a bang when the very wealthy and scientifically-minded hero learns that the spaceship that he had built to ship a colony to the far-away Alpha Centauri star system six years ago – to escape a forthcoming nova-explosion of the sun which only (...)

  • "The Replicators" (1965) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    Steve Matlin is an particularly ornery, introverted, stubborn and combative farmer (and WW2 veteran) who comes across a very big and very strange alien monster on a back road near his farm, so as he was out on an (illegal) hunting expedition anyways, he shot the thing, of course.
    Well, the (...)

  • e-book Index

    by Ray

    The 91 e-books available for downloading on this site, all in both Kindle and ePub (iPad, iBook, Kobo, etc.) formats, are listed here in alphabetical order by author and title.
    Click on a title to access directly the e-books for that title. N° AUTHOR TITLE GENRE SECTION____ 1 Kingsley Amis (...)

  • "The Ultra Man" (1966) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    On a large and very cosmopolitan United Nations space-station on the moon, a gifted psychologist is explaining to a colleague what people way down on the street below are thinking and saying just by studying the expressions on their faces through field-glasses, when all of a sudden he declares (...)